Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


NZ - West Papua: Film on 17 Nov and Solidarity on 1 Dec


'Strange Birds in Paradise: A West Papuan story', screening in Wellington

** *Thursday, 17 November* - 'Strange Birds in Paradise: A West Papuan story' - music can rise above tyranny. 'An expedition of imagination and discovery to the hidden Indonesian province of West Papua that exposes its sad history and desperate hopes but culminates in a joyful and defiant musical celebration.' The Indonesian government's violent oppression of indigenous West Papuans has kept the story of West Papua largely hidden from the public view. In 'Strange Birds in Paradise', an Australian musicologist explores the experiences of three West Papuans as they record outlawed folk songs and creatively resist the oppression under which they live. The documentary urges viewers to learn more about the story of West Papua. Following the screening, there will be a short discussion of the role New Zealand can have in promoting peace in West Papua and how you can stand in solidarity with West Papuans by joining the Independence Day flag raising on 1 December. From 6pm to 8pm, at St Andrew's, 30 The Terrace Wellington - all are welcome, tea and snacks will be provided.
Organised by West Papua Solidarity Wellington, you can RSVP to this event at:
and an A4 flyer is available at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/wp171111.pdf

More information about 'Strange Birds in Paradise' is available at

West Papua Independence Day, 1 December

1 December is West Papua Independence Day, the anniversary of the 1961 West Papuan Declaration of Independence from Dutch colonial rule. In West Papua, people mark Independence Day in a variety of ways, including raising the Morning Star (the West Papuan flag) - despite the threat of arrest and murder. In previous years, the Indonesian military and police have responded with increased violent oppression around this day, arresting and killing those they perceive as pro-independence activists. West Papua Independence Day is marked by solidarity events around the world, including in Wellington and Auckland (see details below).


Thursday, 1 December, at 1pm* - Gathering in solidarity with the people of West Papua: join us to fly the Morning Star flag, with the opportunity to write a personal message in support of justice, peace and self-determination for West Papua if you wish. At 1pm, Parliament grounds, Wellington.
You can RSVP to this event at http://www.facebook.com/event.php'eid=293668230653318
and an A4 flyer is available at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/wp011211w.pdf

Organised by Peace Movement Aotearoa, for more information contact email: pma@xtra.co.nz


* • *Thursday, 1 December, at 12 noon* - join the annual flag-raising of the Morning Star at midday at Aotea Square in front of the Town Hall, Auckland. Organised by the Indonesia Human Rights Committee, for more information contact email maire@clear.net.nz

• *Thursday, 1 December, at 7pm* - the Indonesia Human Rights Committee Annual General Meeting, including a power point power point presentation about West Papua, will be held at 7pm at the Peace Place, 22 Emily Place, Auckland City; for more information contact email maire@clear.net.nz *3) Messages of solidarity for the people of West Papua * You are invited to add your voice to those of people around the world who are calling for justice, peace and self-determination for the people of West Papua by writing a message of solidarity to go on the web page at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/wpsol.htm If you would like your message included there, please send your name, address*, occupation / position and organisation (optional), and message to Peace Movement Aotearoa, email pma@xtra.co.nz [* only the town / city part of your address will be put on the web page, not your full address]. If you can help distribute 'Messages of solidarity' forms from stalls, or in newsletters or other mailouts, the printable copy of the form is at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/wpsol.pdf


Peace Movement Aotearoa
Website - _http://www.converge.org.nz/pma _ _http://www.facebook.com/PeaceMovementAotearoa___

war on terrorism? war is terrorism


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Worksafe’s Whakaari/White Island Prosecutions Are Good News

Somewhere in Heaven, Helen Kelly must be smiling about Worksafe’s criminal prosecution of 10 firms and three individuals for their roles in the lead up to the Whakaari /White Island tragedy. In tandem with the subsequent coronial inquest, these court proceedings will hopefully culminate in the creation ( finally!) of a central agency to regulate the adventure tourism sector and improve public safety on matters like risk assessment, safety guidelines, inspection, enforcement and injury reporting... More>>


UN SDG: A Greener, Cleaner, Brighter Future

'The world has a high fever and is burning up. Climate disruption is daily news – from devastating wildfires to record floods. The damage to people and the environment is immense and growing.' - UN Secretary-General António Guterres ... More>>


Carbon Neutral Policy: Gov Declares Climate Emergency

The Government has launched a major new initiative to combat climate change that will require the public sector to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. More>>


Pill Testing: Govt Moves On Drug Checking To Keep Young New Zealanders Safer This Summer

The Government will pass time limited legislation to give legal certainty to drug checking services, so they can carry out their work to keep New Zealanders safer this summer at festivals without fear of prosecution, Health Minister Andrew Little ... More>>


Tax: Government Fulfils Election Undertaking On New Top Tax Rate

The Government will today keep its election promise to put in place a new top tax rate of 39 per cent on income earned over $180,000. More>>


Media: Stuff Holds Itself Accountable For Wrongs To Māori

Stuff has today published the results of an investigation into itself, and issued a public apology, for the way the media organisation has portrayed Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, from its first editions to now. Tā Mātou Pono | More>>


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels